Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RED GARDEN TRELLIS CAGES

  A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted a picture of some boxes of things that I had ordered.  Here is what some of them were...


These great, powder coated, red trellises.  I ordered the tomato towers (set of two) first.  Then we decided to go ahead and get some more so that we had them all matching (in case we can't find them later). The two tomato towers, a bean tower and a set of three eggplant/pepper cages.

Red Cucumber Trellis
Also got a 4 foot square cucumber trellis, you plant them seedlings at the base and as they grow up the trellis, the cukes hang down along the angle.

Red Eggplant Cages
I put in the eggplant cages (the eggplants were struggling, I think too much water but they have since perked up...

Red Tomato Cage
And when I first ordered the two tomato cages that started it all, the plants were small.  I thought I'd be able to put these up when I was out there.  

Oops!  Plants are too big now.  Sigh.  


The really great thing about these is that they fold completely flat!  Easy to move around and of course, easy to take down after the season is over and we can hang them up in the barn until the next time they are needed.







I found them at Gardeners Supply (images above courtesy of gardeners.com).  We don't get anything for mentioning them, just our own personal choice. They also sell the same ones at Amazon here (perhaps better shipping rates).

The reviews are really positive for them so we hope they do well for us.  Probably one of those cases where we'll have to use them for a full season to get a good evaluation but on first glance, they seem to be well constructed and look like they'll last for awhile.

Red Tomato Cage
Then this past weekend, when I stopped at the local Home Depot for some weedeater supplies, I found regular (though taller and sturdier) conical shaped tomato cages in the same red powder coated material!  I put them over the okra plants so they will have something to grow up and inside of. I'll pick up some more soon just to have them for future beds.

Since red is so prevalent at the farm in our inside decorating (and red barns/beehive/someday house), we figured why not make it all match, ha.


Monday, June 27, 2016

YARD BACK UNDER CONTROL

So the day started off kinda worrisome...the clouds built up, got dark, it rained for a bit (after I started mowing) and then it would stop...  


It did this on and off most of the day.  I'd like to say it cooled things off, but nope, it just made it more humid.  But at least it didn't stop the work...


I got the front mowed, finally it's all back under control.  
I edged again as well...


I got the trails along the fence line done...


The trails are back too...


And I was able (with the help of 2nd Family's dog "Blue", ha) to get in and around a couple of trees that we love (not sure what they are, but there are two, side by side, just like this one, we call them "the two sisters").  

The trees need pruning but that will have to come sometime later...

 

Also got this area back under control, it's near the dewberry patch...


By the end of the day, it was blue skies and everything was neat again.  I also did some work in the garden and a couple of 'future' flower beds, more on those things later...


And as many of you said, I took time to enjoy the beauty out there.  Bees were buzzing everywhere, saw some butterflies and dragonflies all around, and these are growing wild in several spots around the property.  

Yellow flowers make me smile...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

SHARK WEEK 2016

Well, we don't have to worry about THIS at the farm, thankfully...or I'd never get ANYTHING done...*and 2nd Man would have a "FOR SALE" sign up!


Bwahahahaha!

It's time for Discovery Channel's annual tradition, which has pretty much turned into our annual tradition, SHARK WEEK!  For those interested, CLICK HERE for this year's schedule of programming. 

We love the weeklong series of shows...from the safety of our couch of course.  Shark Week has become a sort of cultural phenomenon now, even AMAZON has a bunch of Shark Week stuff for sale (we found some t-shirts we really want).

It's been a good weekend, I'll have updates during the week, today I had a nice "day off", we ran errands, got our hair cut, did some shopping, and best of all, I slept in AND took a nap!  Sometimes we need those days!

Of course the farm still has scorpions, and black widows, and snakes, and mice, and fire ants, and wasps...hmm...


Saturday, June 25, 2016

TIRED BUT HAPPY

I feel like...


...these cats...


They were like this when I got back...obviously they had a rough day and needed some sleep.

It was a long hot day with moments of light rain...


...but I came back into town to this meal of meatloaf, green beans and mashed potatoes...

Life was good today...for the cats and for me!


OFF TO THE FARM

Off to the farm today, it's been a dry week so it should be good out there...HOT...


I'm hoping I don't have to mow (mowed it pretty short last weekend), I'd rather use my time to finish edging (have to put on the bee suit and mow around the hives) and then work in the garden. 

Have to get the drip irrigation set up, that's my number one priority. 

Then I'll just roam around and figure out other things to do.

I'd like to get as much done as possible today and then have a day off tomorrow, I need a break, a day of doing nothing...it's going to be a long, hot Summer...


Friday, June 24, 2016

GREEN PLUMS MYSTERY


Saw these at the store the other day...


Green Plums! 

They were small, smaller than a pingpong ball and pretty firm.  I wasn't sure if they were supposed to be like that, or pulled early for some "culinary" reason?  Has anyone ever seen these?  

What would they be used for?  Anyone used them?  After our post about the green tomatoes the other day, this is interesting...maybe similar?



Thursday, June 23, 2016

TREE PLATFORM, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Every Thursday, we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm.  
Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Tree platform, image via Pinterest
While this is an Oak tree (we believe) we have a few trees on the property that have a shape like this. And while this is a waaaay in the future dream, we saw this and it was one thing that we thought we'd love to have in one of the trees.  There is a large tree (mesquite) shaped like this that is very near the future pond site.  We were talking once about how cool it would be to have a perch up high to see the water from a higher elevation. 

So when we saw this picture, this is sort of what we pictured in our head.  A place to just sit and relax, above OR below.  Again, not in our near future but this is not only to share with others but to have a record of what we like.

Be inspired!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

USES FOR GREEN TOMATOES

I had to cut a renegade branch on the tomato vine down near the bottom and there were some green tomatoes on it...

Green tomatoes
Not that we could have done much with these three little guys, but it made us wonder, what CAN be done (if anything) with green tomatoes?

Of course we know there are the ubiquitous "Fried Green Tomatoes" (have eaten them but never made them) but we were just wondering if anyone had any other uses for green tomatoes?  

Or anyone ever grown a tomato plant JUST for using its green tomatoes?


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

GARDEN IS COMING IN

After the series of unfortunate events on Friday/Saturday, I thought I'd share some good stuff.  The garden is coming along nicely!

Homestead Tomatoes
These are the homestead tomatoes...the plant is covered in tomatoes and blooms...

Roma Tomatoes
What is this peaking out?  
This is on the Roma tomato plant and one is ripe!

Jalapeño Plant
And here are a couple of jalapeños almost ready too...

Herb raised bed
The herb bed is clicking right along, I trimmed all of these after I took the picture.  Always nice to have fresh herbs.  I harvested the purple basil for the first time and we haven't used it yet. Guessing it's the same as regular basil...

I didn't get the pictures, but the eggplants have bounced back and are doing well, and we have now added two okra plants to another empty bed.

I wasn't able to get the drip irrigation set up, just ran out of time after all the drama turned my "to do" list upside down.  Believe it or not, we have not manually watered the garden at all this season.  We've had enough rain and while I was worried about not watering this week (2nd Family will always help if needed), we had a nice rain Sunday and another shower today.